Surprise! Star Wars: Episode IX will no longer be directed by Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow, Lucasfilm announced tonight. Unfortunately, there's no word yet on who'll be replacing him, but Star Wars fans will certainly make their preferences known online. Episode IX is currently slated for a May 24th, 2019 release date -- and no, we don't know if this news means it'll be delayed. The abrupt announcement follows the last minute firing of Han Solo directors Christopher Miller and Phillip Lord, who ended up being replaced by Ron Howard.
"Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ," Lucasfilm said in a statement. "We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon."
Trevorrow was an odd choice to direct Star Wars from the start. While Jurassic World was incredibly successful worldwide, it also made it clear that he had plenty of room to mature as a director. His only other feature prior to that was the 2012 indie Safety Not Guaranteed. Now that he's out, Lucasfilm has a chance to give the coveted director slot to a far more interesting choice.